Join Us at Photoshop World, Free

Well, free once you get yourself to Las Vegas, baby. But if you are going to be in or around Sin City on September 5th or 6th, come by the O'Reilly booth at Photoshop World and say hi. Print out the attached pass for free entry for two to the expo floor. Although you won't be able to attend Deke's world-famous sessions without a full pass (which you can learn about here), there's plenty to do and learn on the expo floor. (In fact, NAPP, Microsoft, and Nikon all have theaters where many of our friends hold on-the-floor sessions.) Deke will be appearing in the booth for an interview with O'Reilly Evangelist, Derrick Story. (I'll post the time here once we finalize the schedule.) Although as you know, Deke is quite shy and retiring, he's also very much in love with his fans. Especially you fabulous people. I'll be there too, doing my booth duty, so definitely introduce yourself as a beloved inhabitant of dekeVille.

Click on the image below to download the pass. Then print. Then come. If it could be simpler, let us know.

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Old Photo, Meet New Lightroom

We like to make screenshots pretty here at dekeOnline, so when I went to capture the interface of Lightroom 2 for my post a while back, I picked an old photo of Venice at sunrise I had handy. Just so happens, this particular image really benefited from one of the new features in this version of Lightroom, the Graduated Filter tool, which allows you to apply your chosen adjustments with a mask that emulates a classic graduated filter. In one stroke, I could lighten the foreground while keeping the sky romantically dark and mysterious.

I shot the original image with my trusty old 4MP Canon Digital Elph, as I emerged, bleary eyed from taking the midnight train from Rome, to this amazing scene of sunrise over the Grand Canal. I had seen both the Pyramids at Giza and the Sistine Chapel in the previous week, but this view brought tears to my eyes. Tears which are my excuse for some serious exposure issues. But Lightroom's graduated filter did an amazingly simple job of reviving the Venitian sunrise experience. And on a JPEG no less. Read more » 

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And the 5 (yes, 5) T2WUSB winners R

All right my friends,


First, Colleen has gone on record saying she wants me to stop talking about people wetting themselves. Between the penis thing and the-stuff-that-comes-out-the-penis thing, she's over it. Admittedly, it's all enormously juvenile. But, come on, boys are juvenile by definition. So I'm kinda on the fence on this one. (Which is painful.)


Second, news flash: I chose my winner(s). And because, quite honestly, the tips were so Wet-Ur-Self great, I had to come up with a criteria. What tip(s) surprised me? Not was it/they any good, not was/were it/them 100% accurate, but which one(s) did I not know? Read more » 

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How Do You (or U) Do Raw?

Hey, dekeCommunity. Colleen here coming to you from the beautiful Sierras near Lake Tahoe, California. Beautiful, but limited connectivity (for which I am primarily grateful). But that means no uploading of pretty photographs either. You'll just have to trust me on the beauty part. Speaking of which, I've been shooting away with this week, both with my DSLR and my compact camera, a Panasonic LX2, which happens to shoot in RAW format (for Panasonic, that's actually the file extention—.RAW). Read more » 

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Share Your Thoughts on Orphaned Works Legislation

Last month, I listened to a panel discussion at the Microsoft Pro Photo Summit. Ever since, I've been trying to put together a comprehensive post about "orphaned works" legislation currently pending before the US Congress. (Here's a link to the full text of the Senate version.)

The term "orphan works" refers to pieces of intellectual property for which copyright is indeterminable. Read more » 

  • On one hand, you can imagine legitimate reasons for wanting to be able to display or disseminate artworks by unknown (and unknowable) artists without fear of legal reprisal. This site in particular is a big believer that, once you put it out there, it becomes part of the Great Internet Ether. The purpose of copyright law, after all, is to further creativity, not inhibit it.
  • On the other hand, we all know the attraction of public-domain art. It's remarkably easy for digital imagery, in particular, to get separated from the name of its creator. Who wouldn't want to stake an illegitimate claim on a really great piece of orphaned work just because, hell, it's a nice piece and who wants to pay the artist adequate compensation?
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